Essex is one of two UK universities ranked in the global top ten for International Relations according to CWUR Subject Rankings (2017). You explore all major areas of international relations, including conflict and security studies, international political economy, political theory, and the use of modern research techniques that impact upon political theory. Our rigorous and challenging teaching inspires you to push the boundaries of knowledge. Whatever the political questions that interest you, you go beyond simply arguing about them, instead seeking the evidence needed to answer them. In your first year you explore the fundamentals of international relations and politics and choose from an impressive range of optional modules. You develop your research skills and critically examine different theoretical approaches. Your third year spent abroad gives you the chance to gain more experience and become even more employable. In your final year you choose modules that interest you most. Through our Q-Step Affiliate Status, we offer you the opportunity to develop your quantitative skills by taking a specialised degree pathway or receiving a student bursary to go on a quantitative work placement. Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.